The Latest: Indicted Missouri governor to skip DC meeting

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Latest on the indictment of Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

7:40 a.m.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has canceled plans to attend an annual meeting of the nation's governors following his indictment stemming from an extramarital affair.

A spokeswoman for the National Governors ...

South Sudan sentences South African rebel adviser to death

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - South Sudan's special high court has sentenced a South African military veteran to execution by hanging.

Retired colonel William Endley, a former adviser to past Vice President Riek Machar, had been convicted on charges of conspiracy and attempting to overthrow the government.

His lawyer, Gar ...

Trump to Announce New NKorea Sanctions at CPAC

The Trump administration is hitting more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses with sanctions in the latest bid to turn up the pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, according to a senior administration official.

Finalists announced for Lukas Book Prize

NEW YORK (AP) - Stories of immigrants, transient workers and a Wisconsin auto plant are among the nominees for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.

The $10,000 award honors nonfiction books of both literary quality and social impact. The finalists announced Friday include Helen Thorpe's "The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, ...

The Latest: Cabinet member suggests Trump is negotiating

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's comments about MS-13 gang members and immigration(all times local):

8:15 a.m.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry suggests President Donald Trump's Thursday threat to remove immigration officers from California is merely a negotiating tactic.

"The President is a first-rate negotiator," he tells Fox ...

Rick Perry Suggests Trump’s ICE Threat Is Negotiating Tactic

Energy Secretary Rick Perry suggests President Donald Trump's Thursday threat to remove immigration officers from California is merely a negotiating tactic. "The President is a first-rate negotiator," he tells Fox & Friends, "and I will suggest to you that that is what is...

American Populism: A User’s Guide

Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon
I've been thinking of my friend Jeffrey Bell. Jeff, who died suddenly two weeks ago at age 74, was a Vietnam veteran who shocked the political class when he won the Republican Senate nomination in New Jersey in 1978 and again in 2014. He lost both races, but those setbacks freed him for other pursuits. He was a longtime conservative who worked on the campaigns of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Jack Kemp, and who co-founded successful economic and political consulting firms as well as the nonprofit American Principles Project.

The New Working Class

Sarah Jaffe, The New Republic
More than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, political commentators continue, despite all evidence to the contrary, to depict his political base as the “white working class.” Articles on his supporters seem almost entirely devoted to baseball-capped Middle Americans in declining industrial towns who believed the president’s campaign-trail promises to bring back coal, or steel, or keep the Carrier plant jobs in the country.

Homer Simpson Is a Republican. He’s Also an Idiot

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian
To listen to Ted Cruz discuss The Simpsons at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference is to witness a man who does not deserve The Simpsons. In what may well be the least accurate analogy of all time, Cruz said: “I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and the Republicans are, happily, the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge.”Where to start? First, Maggie is a baby who communicates exclusively in non-verbal cues, so assigning any political affiliation to her seems presumptuous. Second, the episode The Way We Was contains a flashback of Marge...

John Shuster and His Ragtag Team of Curling Rejects

Justin Peters, Slate
There’s a great, crowd-pleasing movie to be made about the 2018 U.S. men’s Olympics curling team. Their story conforms to every slobs-vs.-snobs cinematic underdog narrative you’ve ever seen. The unheralded group of USA Curling castoffs, led by skip John Shuster, had to struggle against long odds to even make it to the Olympics. In Pyeongchang, they’ve dispatched one more-heralded team after another. After beating the fearsome Canadian squad on Thursday, the Americans have made it to the gold medal match for the first time ever. They are the Bad News Bears with brooms.